Do you remember the last thing you said to your wife? Do you know what words came from your mouth as you said goodbye to your family this morning? Can you recall the last words that Lieutenant James Gordon said about Batman in the Dark Knight?
He’s a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A Dark Knight.
Last words matter. Think about it: if you are on your deathbed with your family gathered around, there is no way you are asking your kids if they did their homework. You would not be talking about weather, sports, or politics. The last words that you would muster would be meaningful and possibly impact your family forever.
The final words that Jesus spoke to His disciples before returning to the Father shaped the rest of their lives. They accepted His command and therefore changed the world forever. Jesus said, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
Today when we hear these last words of Jesus we know in our heart that they are important, but they don’t feel urgent. We feel the urgency when it comes to answering text messages, eating our next meal, or getting our work done on time, but when it comes to making disciples, that is something we can put off for tomorrow. It’s been said, “Your greatest danger is letting the urgent things crowd out the important.”
We are all ministers of the Gospel. We are all called to make disciples who make disciples. Today, let’s not only remember that it is important, but urgent. Don’t wait until the week of graduation to make disciples at your school. Don’t wait until you get the call from your doctor and know that your time is limited. Don’t say tomorrow. The call is important. The need is urgent. Make disciples who make disciples, today.